After Ecruteak, Pokemon Crystal starts to twist around for a bit. I got to the next city, which was Olivine, but the gym leader was gone to the top of the Olivine lighthouse, where a Pokemon was sick. In order to have her battle me, I had to go to the next city, Cianwood, and get some medicine for the Pokemon. This is where a problem appeared.

You see, Cianwood is the island City/Gym of Pokemon Crystal. I had the Surf HM as well as the badge needed to use it, but I didn’t have a water Pokemon. I decided to bring back Kingler from Yellow, pretty much the same way as I did with Pikachu. I caught a Krabby with the Good Rod I got at Olivine City, saved my game and loaded up Pikasav.

I reduced Krabby’s level to 5, taught him all the moves Kingler knew and copied Kingler’s stat values. Once that was over and I loaded up my game, I spent about twenty minutes leveling my new/old Kingler until it caught up in levels with the rest of my party, meaning I got him up to around  level 31. I guess I’m gonna have a full team in Pokemon Crystal after all.

Pokemon Crystal - ShuckieI also got a free Pokemon at Olivine. To the box!

I surfed all the way to Cianwood, got the medicine and cleared the gym while I was there. This one was full of fighting type Pokemon, with Chuck, the leader, having a dual water/fighting type in the form of Polywag (or Polywhirl or whatever, I keep forgetting the name of that one). I’m still leveling all of my Pokemon equally, though this was a bit tough here, with my Noctowl being hit pretty hard due to being half-normal type. Still, even Noctowl managed to defeat a Pokemon or two, so everyone remained within a level of each other.

Pokemon Crystal - BayleefChikorita evolved and I’m still forced to keep cancelling it’s evolution.

Oh, did I mention I caught a Noctowl? Well, I caught a Noctowl! It’s a pretty awesome Pokemon, and while attempting to catch it, I realized Route 37 was an amazing place to train at night, with some very easy Pokemon as well as some very high-exp Pokemon to fight against. Noctowl is pretty cool, what with being able to learn Psychic moves and all.

Ash’s Noctowl – List of Available Moves

  • Peck
  • Hypnosis
  • Foresight
  • Tackle
  • Confusion
  • Sky Attack
  • Air Slash
  • Extrasensory

Sadly, due to game constraints, I won’t be able to learn a lot of these moves. Fly will probably be the only flying move I’ll teach it and it’s going to need to learn Flash as well, since there’s no way I’m wasting Pikachu’s move slot on that one. Outside of that, I might teach it Confusion or even Extrasensory if I get to that point.

By the way, let’s not forget Kingler

Ash’s Kingler – List of Available Moves

  • Harden
  • ViceGrip
  • Leer
  • Stomp
  • Watergun
  • Bubble
  • Crabhammer
  • Hyper Beam

Kingler is going to get hurt by the HM requirements even more than Noctowl, what with someone having to learn Surf, Whirpool and eventually Waterfall. I believe there’s a move deleter in this game, but I’m not sure if I’m able to get rid of any HM moves early enough in the game to matter. I do really want him to learn Crabhammer, though, simply for it being Kingler’s signature move.

Back to the Game

To get back to the game, I got the medicine, beat the gym, went back to Olivine to cure the Olivine lighthouse Pokemon and then promptly beat the gym leader here. The gym didn’t have any trainers, so it was quick and easy. All she had were some steel Pokemon, which Kingler easily took care off with Surf. I have Fly now!

Pokemon Crystal - MapHaving a proper map makes the game infinitely better than Yellow.

Next up, Mahogany Town and the Lake of Rage.  I’m gonna catch myself a shiny Gyarados.